A GYM in Bromsgrove is hosting free classes to help members and non-members alike cope with mental health illnesses.

David Lloyd Clubs in Slideslow Drive is holding its own Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, March 15 to raise money for charity MIND.

Activities on the day include meditation classes, run by life coach and therapist Alicia Benbow, mindfulness and 'wake up yoga', relaxing music class for pre-school children, advice on reducing exam stress, and a talk on developing a healthier mindset.

Gym general manager Laura Wright said: "We are really proud to be hosting this awareness day in aid of MIND.

"David Lloyd Clubs are continuously encouraging members to lead an active lifestyle and one huge advantage of exercise is that it helps to improve your mental health.”

The event has been organised by local authors Henriette Lang and Stu Baker, who both have experiences of living with depression, and will provide visitors will advice and strategies for coping with mental illness.

A question and answers session will be held at the end of the event.

Head of mental health commissioning at NHS Bromsgrove and Redditch Jenny Dalloway, and chairman of Bromsgrove District Council Helen Jones, will also be providing support on the day.

Henriette said: "Stu and I are passionately committed to helping people better understand issues surrounding mental illness and how a healthier lifestyle can result in a healthier mindset.

"We are very grateful to Laura Wright for letting us hold the event at the club.

"We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time and skills to deliver a rich and varied programme of events and activities throughout the day.”

Henriette and Stu's 'The Mindset Triangle Book' is scheduled for release in May.

David Lloyd's Mental Health Awareness Day is free to attend for members, and costs non-members a £5 charity donation. All activities are also free, but pre-booking at reception is required.

For more information call 0345 129 6778.